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October 16th Playbook

A second Democrat enters the race for the 16th Congressional District, while Planned Parenthood PAC announces Pennsylvania as a target state in 2020. Here is the Playbook. 

Erie Teacher Launches Bid Against Kelly: Gnibus said as a teacher, mother, and cancer survivor that her experiences show she understands what people go through everyday, and cited that getting sick shouldn’t bankrupt a family and young people attending college shouldn’t have to take on “crushing debt” to earn a degree.

Planned Parenthood PAC Targets PA: Pennsylvania is one of nine states that the group has targeted in its initial $45 million investment.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Rolls Out First PA Congressional Endorsements: The PAC endorsed seven of the nine Democratic incumbents in Pennsylvania. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia), Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) and Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) received the initial endorsement. The release said that they are among the 89 candidates endorsed ahead of the House and Senate races in 2020 with a “100 percent rating on key votes.”

Warminster Dems Endorse Finello: The Warminster Township Democratic Organization endorsed Christina Finello in her bid for the 1st Congressional District, according to a release from her campaign. 

Sestak Raises $374,000 in Q3: Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak raised $374,000, while spending $170,000 in the most recent filing report during his presidential bid, according to Politico’s Zach Montellaro. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Patriot News: Five candidates vie for Democratic nomination to fill open Pa. Senate seat
Patriot News: Pa. state universities to consider asking for an extra $100 million to aid in its transformation
AP: Pennsylvania expanding tax to more out-of-state corporations 
AP: Governor says Pennsylvania will keep accepting refugees 
AP: Court upholds ex-Sen. Orie’s convictions in elections case 
AP: After delay, Sandusky resentencing set for early November
Inquirer: ‘Gold standard’ bill to legalize recreational weed in Pa. introduced in Harrisburg
Inquirer: U.S. officials dispute Canadian border crossing story of British family being held in Berks Detention Center
WITF: Pa. lawmakers may let officials in small municipalities have higher salaries 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The number of disabled people who live at state-run centers has dwindled. That doesn’t mean closing them isn’t controversial 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Scanlon says Congress is in ‘uncharted territory’ as impeachment inquiry advances 
KDKA: White House Picks Christmas Tree From Pennsylvania Tree Farm
PLSReporter: Wolf: Pennsylvania will remain open to refugee resettlement 
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes 
PLSReporter: With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state’s prison system 
PLSReporter: Philly students skipping classes draws criticism, without solutions, from state officials
StateImpactPA: At Philadelphia refinery, neighbors watch warily as PES oil trains make last rounds
Real Clear Politics: How Small Cities and Towns Can Right Their Ship

Inquirer: U.S. Attorney threatens to close Philly supervised injection site if it opens before appeals courts weigh in
Inquirer: ‘Gold standard’ bill to legalize recreational weed in Pa. introduced in Harrisburg
Inquirer: Why 3,000 workers who clean Philadelphia’s business towers may strike Tuesday night
Inquirer: Ex-consultant for Council hopeful Judy Moore sues campaign for nonpayment
Inquirer: Accused Rittenhouse stabber testifies his alleged victim had said: ‘I’m going to beat the black off you’
Inquirer: It’s been 2 years since they said #MeToo. 6 local women on what’s changed — and what hasn’t.
Inquirer: MSNBC host, Philly native Chris Matthews off the air following cancer surgery
Philadelphia Tribune: Penn Law students of color want ‘racist’ professor fired
KYW Newsradio: $1M grant intended to keep Philly teens employed year round 
KYW Newsradio: Hours before contract expires, Temple teachers rally for job security, pay raises
Philadelphia Magazine: This Might Be the Biggest Scabby the Rat Contingent We’ve Ever Seen 

Daily Local News: Portion of Mariner East pipeline completed
Daily Local News: Forum highlights Chester County’s destination towns
Delco Daily Times: Prison board member Wally Nunn fires back at Dem critics
Delco Daily Times: U.D. pol’s call for rental crackdown draws rebuke
Bucks County Courier Times: Advocates fight for change on Kayden Mancuso’s birthday

KDKA: Pennsylvania Democrats Send Warning To Democratic Candidates Ahead Of Ohio Debate
KDKA: Former Gov. Mark Sanford, Challenger To President Trump, To Make Campaign Stop In Pittsburgh
KDKA: Local Lawmakers Move Forward With Bill To Raise Minimum Age To Purchase Tobacco Products In Pa.
KDKA: Local Officials Weigh In On Later Start Times For Middle And High Schools 
City Paper: ‘America First’ PAC that opposed Conor Lamb received $325K from indicted businessmen with foreign ties
City Paper: Pennsylvania ranks second best state in nation in terms of increasing home value with solar panels
City Paper: Pitt study finds higher rate of suicidal thoughts among transgender teens than their cisgender peers
Post-Gazette: At CMU debate watch party, Bingo cards illustrate divide in Democratic Party 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court hears Pittsburgh police pay dispute with city
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh’s tech and manufacturing consider business opportunities in the Middle East

Observer-Reporter: Election-related events abound on Oct. 24
Observer-Reporter: O’Neal to host pizza, policy event
Altoona Mirror: Blair seeks budget ideas
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: OT, inmate medical costs focus of Cambria County prison budget

Times-Tribune: Combating corruption a popular topic at Tuesday’s mayor debate
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County’s 2020 draft budget doesn’t raise taxes 
Times-Tribune: Dunmore mayor vetoes controversial landfill ordinance
The Times Leader: Sources: Pence expected to visit Schott North America in Duryea
The Times Leader: Senators call for probe of DHS decision to close 2 state centers
The Times Leader: $52.6M WB budget plan anticipates $1.7M in fees
The Times Leader: Proposed Luzerne County budget includes 5% tax hike
The Times Leader: Photographer shares White House insights at Wilkes lecture 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre: Brooks-Shaffer debate in view?
Citizens Voice: Sparring continues over voting machine selection 
Citizens Voice: County’s preliminary 2020 budget includes 5% property tax hike 
Citizens Voice: Retired cop appointed Luzerne County coroner 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Joining the movement for college athlete compensation 
Patriot News: Five candidates vie for Democratic nomination to fill open Pa. Senate seat
Patriot News: Pa. state universities to consider asking for an extra $100 million to aid in its transformation
Patriot News: Fox Nation personalties Diamond & Silk decry abortion as murder at Pro-Life Federation event 
Patriot News: Julian Castro wrong on job creation in Pennsylvania: Democratic debate 
York Daily Record: Pa. bill targets sudden cardiac arrest in student-athletes
York Dispatch: PA Senate considers upping pay limits for local elected officials 
York Dispatch: After heated debate, Hallam council OKs new pitch for police service deal 
LNP | LancasterOnline: District attorney candidates take the stage to describe policy objectives 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Heeding criticism from educators, Aument takes another swing at teacher evaluation reform 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Lancaster County district attorney candidates debate at Millersville’s Ware Center
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hallam council rejects township’s latest offer for police service

Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: Berks candidates receive endorsements for November 5 general election 
Reading Eagle: Candidate endorsements: Reading-Berks Association of Realtors’ political action committee backs candidates 
Reading Eagle: Reading drug user found preparing to shoot up in City Hall
Morning Call: Here’s how much candidates in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional race raised last quarter 
Morning Call: Allentown can’t bill nonprofit Good Shepherd for business privilege tax, judge rules, dealing likely $2.3 million blow to city budget 
Morning Call: With hope of connecting neighborhoods to NIZ benefits, Center City Allentown block gets a makeover 
Morning Call: 5 takeaways from the Allentown mayoral debate between Ray O’Connell and Tim Ramos

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council asked to consider more money for police 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Muncy-area municipalities continue regionalization talks 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to consider personnel, child welfare contracts
Erie Times-News: Erie County Prison cost-recovery program to remain unchanged

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Betting on the sun: Pennsylvania should offer greater incentives for solar power
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The WHO must listen: Docs want change in Ebola vaccination protocol
Inquirer Editorial Board: More than racist Facebook posts, police vehicle stops are driving distrust
Inquirer Editorial Board: Too many unanswered questions about vaping 
John L. Micek: A glut of unfilled jobs could jeopardize economic growth. What Pa. and other states are doing to address that | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Helen Ubiñas: Philadelphia is a city in trauma. Now what are we going to do about it? 
Fletcher McClellan: Tuesday’s debate for Democrats: How to stay strong on impeachment – and score points on Biden 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump: Isis Man of the Year
Ernest Owens: Temple Students, Let That HBCU Comparison Die
Will Bunch: Getting rid of Trump won’t end the war against press freedom in America 
Solomon Jones: Despite ‘HBCU-ish’ shirts, Temple University is not historically black 
Joseph N. DiStefano: Big barn signs: A taxpayer response to Philly area public schools’ wrong-way interest-rate bets
Ernesto Pujol: The 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show’s ‘Riviera Holiday’ theme is an abdication of responsibility 
Tony Norman: What’s the matter with Texas?

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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